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Oregon running back C.J. Verdell (heading for a hole against Oregon State last November), will be eyeing a Pac-12 title in 2019 if Mike Kern has his way (Timothy J. Gonzalez)
Oregon running back C.J. Verdell (heading for a hole against Oregon State last November), will be eyeing a Pac-12 title in 2019 if Mike Kern has his way (Timothy J. Gonzalez)|Associated Press

College Football Prop Bets: Kern picks Cincinnati, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, San Diego St., Frank Solich, the Heisman and more

Can Jim Harbaugh finally win the Big Ten with the Wolverines?

Mike Kern

Mike Kern

There’s a certain attraction to prop bets. So here’s some for the college season that I think are worth taking a look at:

♦ In the AAC, if you’re willing to throw out Central Florida, you could take a shot at either Cincinnati at +$600 to win the title, or Houston out of the West Division (where it would have to beat favored Memphis), at the same price. Hey, sometimes you have to go for an upset. Cincy does get UCF at home, while Houston hosts Memphis late. So maybe you never know. And it could get you a decent return. You could even get a Cincy-Houston final.

♦ In the Big Ten, I would take Michigan at +$225. The Wolves haven’t won the title in 14 years, but Jim Harbaugh had better do it soon. As in now. He gets Ohio State at home and Urban Meyer no longer will be on the other sideline. So . . . you could also take them at +$170 to win the East, or double down with both. I’m just figuring if they do get to the final they’ll be favored. Of course that kind of thinking can get you in trouble too.

Oregon is +$350 to win the Pac-12, and that sounds like it’s worth a play.

Clemson is +$170 to win the whole thing, Alabama is +$230 and Georgia is +$1000. Anytime I can get Clemson or Bama at that price it’s at least interesting, since they’ve lifted the last four trophies. And Georgia might be the only team with a legit chance to change that. Just saying.

Trevor Lawrence is +$200 to win the Heisman Trophy. Tua Tagovailoa (I hope I spelled the right, ’cause I know I can’t pronounce it) is +$300. I might lean towards Tua. You could also take those two against the field at -$110, or the field for the same line. And you put a little on Georgia quarterback Jack Fromm at 20-1, just in case. Stuff happens.

Ohio, which is +$350, hasn’t won the MAC since 1968. But I have a feeling that 74-year-old coach Frank Solich might have it in him. Or maybe it’s the chili I had for lunch.

Texas is +$700 to make the four-team playoff. While I’m not sure that’s really possible, if they can beat Oklahoma for the second straight year that might be enough to put the Longhorns in a position to do so. It’s a bit of a stretch, but not exactly a longshot.

♦ And just for giggles, since we all need something to root for that nobody else really cares much about, how about San Diego State (7-1) to win the Mountain West (where Boise State, in the opposite division, is is the even-money fave). You can even stay up late to watch the games.

♦ And in C-USA, there are five teams listed at 5-1. You could take Florida Atlantic n the East and Southern Mississippi in the West and hope one or both gets to the final. Now wouldn’t that be special?

See you later in the week with some opening picks, including those dreaded teasers America that has been waiting all this time to check out once again.


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